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Junkie XL

Composer, Producer
Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a Grammy nominated and multi-platinum producer, musician, and composer whose versatility puts him on the cutting edge of contemporary music, as well at the vanguard of exciting new film composers. Tom is a billion dollar composer whose film scoring credits include Mad Max Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass, Divergent, Brimstone, The Dark Tower and the Tomb Raider reboot.

 Tom is able to draw on his extensive knowledge of classical forms and structures while keeping one finger planted firmly on the pulse of popular music. When this eclectic background is paired with his skill as a multi-instrumentalist (he plays keyboards, guitar, drums, violin, and bass and describes himself as a ‘full contact composer’) and a mastery of studio technology, a portrait emerges of an artist for whom anything is possible.

 Holkenborg’s music career began in 1993 when he started the industrial rock band Nerv and was also producing hardcore and metal bands like Sepultura and Fear Factory. Drawn by electronic breakbeats, Tom started Junkie XL in 1997 debuting with the album Saturday Teenage Kick. Holkenborg went on to produce five more albums under the moniker while playing headline shows all over the world. In 2002 the producer scored a number one hit in 24 countries with his rework of “A Little Less Conversation”. Holkenborg went on to collaborate with celebrated artists like Dave Gahan, Robert Smith, Chuck D, and remixed artists such as Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and many more. In addition Holkenborg created the music for video games like FIFA, Need For Speed, The Sims, and SSX and commercials for global campaigns like Nike, Heineken, Adidas, Cadillac and VISA.

 Following a successful decade-plus career as an electronic artist/producer, Tom turned his sights to film score composition full-time. Tom’s unique skill-set led him to collaborate with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. Their partnership lasted several years, and most recently included 2016’s blockbuster Batman vs Superman, which marked the seventh scoring collaboration between Holkenborg and Zimmer. Holkenborg worked with Zimmer on The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014), Man of Steel (2013), Dark Knight Rises (2012), Madagascar 3 (2012), Megamind (2010), and Inception (2010).

 Education and mentorship have remained key focuses for Tom as his career continues to flourish.He founded and funded a program focusing on music composition at the renowned ArtEZ Conservatorium, in his hometown of Enschede. The program has graduated over 200+ students to date and remains one of the premiere music composition bachelor programs in all of Holland. Tom continues to educate aspiring composers online as well, through his critically acclaimed video tutorial series, Studio Time, which has amassed over 80k subscribers. Fully funded by Tom himself, the series offers hands on tutorials and unique insights from Tom related to studio production.

With a solid command of the craftsmanship of film scoring, the understanding of the history, but always with an eye on the future; the future for Tom Holkenborg in Hollywood looks bright.

My Panelists Sessions

Monday, May 7

10:00am PDT